High calorie foods and sugary drinks

How many high-calorie foods and sugary drinks do we consume?

Examples of high-calorie foods and sugary drinks, and the amount consumed every day by people in the UK (figures from 2008-12)

  Amount consumed in grams (g) per day
  Men, by age Women, by age
  4-10 11-18 19-64 65+ 4-10 11-18 19-64 65+
Biscuits (one chocolate digestive = 18g) 18 17 12 15 16 16 14 12
Buns, cakes, pastries and pies (one slice of Victoria sponge = 60g) 21 18 20 32 22 17 16 25
Puddings (one portion of crumble = 170g) 15 14 13 24 15 10 9 24
Ice cream (one scoop of ice cream = 60g) 12 8 5 8 13 9 5 7
Chips, fried and roast potatoes (one small portion of chips = 100g) 39 58 47 41 35 50 35 22
Savoury snacks (one small bag of crisps = 30g) 11 14 9 3 10 12 6 2
Sugary sweets (one fruit pastille = 3g) 8 8 2 1 9 6 2 1
Chocolate bars (one square of milk chocolate = 7g) 9 13 10 4 9 11 7 5
Sugary soft drinks (one can of fizzy drink = 340g) 139 310 160 54 117 210 112 53

Sources

Statistics on high calorie foods and sugary drinks come from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey Headline Results from Years 1-4 (combined) of the Rolling Programme 2008/9 – 2011/12.

Information on food portion sizes comes from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food’s Food Portion Sizes, Second Edition.

Find out more about preventability estimates or, for more detailed information, download Appendix A of our Policy Report.